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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just Another Reason I Love Clouds

So from time to time, I take a few photos.  Okay, so maybe I do it every day.  I'm a cloud fanatic.  I'll often post them on Instagram at @KMcKay and tag them with #cloudporn or #cloudlovers.

Last week, I was walking around the lake, with my best friend, Susan, when I stopped for this photo...

Susan and I walk as our boys kayak or paddle board during the week.  It's good for her as she needs to get her steps in for the day, and it's good for me as I get to snap random photos along our walks.  It's therapeutic for us both as we talk about what's going on in our lives, and we're able to let go of stresses or celebrate triumphs.  And she allows me my indulgence of photo snapping as we take certain turns around the lake.  

As I snapped the above photo, she paused and smiled - knowing I had to get 'just one more.'  She doesn't skip a beat once I finish and we go on our way.  I loved this photo so much that I changed my desktop appearance by making this photo my background.  This means it was blown up, and the clouds were front and center.

Once I looked at my desktop, I got a whole new perspective on why I loved this moment in time so much.  Look at the photo above.  Can you see someone in it? 

If not, here's a closer look.
To me, it looked like an angel was peeking over the cloud, looking down on me with a smile as I took this photo.  This makes me smile from the inside.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Lovin' Activities

This has been one of the busiest summers I can remember.  As my kid gets older, there are more parties, interests, and activities he's delving into - so that means more drive time, which I'm happy to do.  I know my ever changing Manual for Motherhood is filling up, as I grow as a mom with my child's different stages.  Every phase, I marvel at how blessed I am to be my kid's mom.

This summer, we decided to try something different.  Lil' T is at the age, where church intramural teams have aged out, and team sports for school don't start till next year. So he's been in limbo, without something motivating him to stay active.  I didn't want him sitting inside all summer, on his computer playing Minecraft.

As we were researching our options, a friend recommended kayaking. Oklahoma City has a training site for top rowing athletes, in which they train Olympic athletes.  Our friend told us about their program for kids, which seemed like a good introduction to kayaking for T and some of his friends.

Yesterday, instead of kayaking - they tried paddle boarding, which I thought might be a challenge. Nope ...  they all hopped on and started paddling down river immediately.  My kid's balance and control amazed me.  The only time he fell off, was when he did a 'fake' fall - because he wanted to see how the water felt.

Below, is shows him in total solitude enjoying the water around him.  I had to snap a quick shot with my iPhone, to capture the moment, as it reminded me of something straight out of Huckleberry Fin.

This summer - be sure to try something new with your kids.  It has been a game changer for us, as it's opened T's eyes to just how many neat activities are out there for kids, which don't include a ball.  Not that baseball, football, or soccer aren't cool ... it's just been exciting to try something unique, like paddle boarding .  My kid has conquered a challenge, which has helped him spread his wings, and allowed him to do something totally on his own.  And that's all good ...     

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Great News

This week has been  very productive.  Not only did I get the final cover signed off on - for COMING HOME, but I also got the mock cover finished for the re-release of FINDING KYLIE, which will be available next month as well.  This way - I can have a few copies of FINDING KYLIE available at my book launch party for COMING HOME.

Speaking of COMING HOME ... I woke up today to an email from a writer, who gave a very positive review.  It was published in Blogcritics magazine and the Seattle pi.

You can see Blogcritics review here and the Seattle pi review here -- but if you don't to read the whole thing, then let me post the best part for your convenience:

"Coming Home is really about Anne and her ability to come to terms with the things that have shaped her past: the death of her parents, the inability to live in the elite world of her grandparents, the failed relationships, and, most of all, the alienation of her little sister Grace. But it is more than that. It is also about being willing to give up everything she desires in the world to come to the rescue of her sister and yet trust that things that are meant to be will become reality.

There are times when a story just comes together. When there is that combination of characters, story, and feel that creates that entertaining read. Coming Home is one of those times. It is an engaging read with a storyline that not only will keep you entertained, but the ending has so many twists and turns, it will keep you guessing until the final page. Still, as good as the story is, to me, to me the true test of a book is the characters and how believable they are. Coming Homedoes not disappoint. I still find myself wanting to go back and read more.
Coming Home is not due out until August 23, 2014, so in the meantime, if you haven't already, you can always go out and get the author's previous books Finding Kylie and Facing Redemption."

I want to extent a big thank you to T. Michael Testi for his continued support of my books, and his willingness to share his thoughts on this book.  
Coming Home and the second printing of Finding Kylie will be available on amazon, kindle, nook, and smash words. If there is a format, you'd like to see it released in - please let me know by leaving me a comment below.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Just wanted you to know ...

I hope you never have to deal with a severe allergic reaction, as it's not only scary but can be life threatening.  

Through the last 13 years, I've dealt with not only my husband having severe food allergies, but my child.
Not once - but twice have I had to watch my husband go through an anaphylactic attack, which is the most terrifying experience.  Most of you might be saying an 'ana what'? But trust me, you need to know what could happen. 

Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction, which comes on quick, shutting the airways down and can result in death.  Needless to say EpiPens are severely important to my family.  My son, thankfully, has outgrown his allergies, but we keep one ... just in case.

A close friend of mine, John Schwab, is a champion for the Anaphylaxis Campaign, an organization, which tries to educate the general public about this serious condition.  He is also a believer in having his 
EpiPen handy.

John recently produced a short film on his experience, which tells of his son's near death experience.  I encourage you ALL to go here to watch the youtube video, on how this life changing episode unfolded.

Or watch this:

Anaphylaxis happens when someone who is sensitive to certain allergens comes in contact with them.  Here's the kicker, a lot of people don't know what they're allergic to.  

Like with John's story, mentioned in the video link above, neither my husband nor son had any known allergens.  They both had violent reactions, which led to either dialing 9-1-1 or rushing them to the hospital.  And who was the one doing this?  Me!
Allergies don't just effect the person with them, but the caretaker needs to be level headed and know how to handle every scenario and possible outcome.  This is why EpiPens  are vital, as anaphylaxis does not stop on its own.  EpiPens will slow it down and give you the much needed time to get to the hospital.
If you're reading this and wonder about you or a loved one having allergies ... even if it's a slight chance ... please go get tested.  

Below I've included some info on how to get free EpiPens,  which are not cheap.  I've had to pay up to 45 dollars, with insurance.  Call an allergist near you, get tested, and take advantage of free EpiPens!

Click here to fill out the form and print your $0 Co-Pay Offer Card from Mylan - this is the company who makes them.

Make sure you have a prescription for your EpiPen, and then take your prescription and your $0 co-pay card to your pharmacy to get your free EpiPen or EpiPen Jr. two-packs.
You can use the card to receive as many EpiPens as you need throughout the year. 

Trust me - that's a big deal!!